An Alisa Review: Forever Nine by Kris T. Bethke


Rating: 3 stars out of 5

When Jesse Reid needs emergency surgery, he calls his neighbor to come pick him up instead of one of his many family members. As the youngest of nine, Jesse is used to feeling like a leftover, and he doesn’t need their coddling.

Holden McRae is a big, beautiful man, everything Jesse wants. But Holden has made it clear he doesn’t want Jesse as a submissive.

Under the influence of Holden’s care, Jesse becomes bolder and makes Holden see what he’s been missing. The two men’s interests line up, and the attraction that has always been there is something they can finally act on. As Jesse heals, he shares parts of his life with Holden, and Holden helps him see he’s so much more than #9. Their love might not be the most conventional, but maybe it’s exactly what both men need.

This was a nice short story.  Jesse is tired of being the afterthought with his family and is overwhelmed by them so he calls Holden from the hospital.  Holden has denied his attraction to Jesse for years but their forced closeness breaks through his barriers.

I felt for Jesse with his family and was so glad that Holden stood up for him with his family which helped him to learn some more about his brothers but also help get his thoughts across to them.  Holden seems basically scared of throwing Jesse into the BDSM deep end but Jesse has been curious for years.  I don’t know I think they jumped into some things a bit quick and Jesse had a hard time saying what he wanted which made Holden have to assume.  I’m not sure there was something wrong with the story but it just didn’t click or work for me.

I think the cover art by Written Ink Designs is a nice picture of Jesse.

Sales Links: JMS Books | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 83 pages

Published: July 20, 2019 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634869454

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Valentine’s Day Dreaming (A Touch of Love #9) by Pelaam


Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5

When restaurant owner and executive chef Marcus finds he has a secret admirer leaving mouth-watering tarts and teasing quotes as a hint to their identity, his attention is instantly piqued. But when the sender reveals their identity, Marcus’s gut instinct leads him to a different conclusion—and his just desserts.

This was a cute short story.  Callum is adorable, he works hard in a mostly thankless position and just as he gets up the courage to make his feelings known someone else jumps in and takes the credit.  Marcus hasn’t had any real interest in anyone in years but know whoever is leaving him the desserts is not who it claims to be.  It seems these two have been dancing around each other for a while and this Valentine’s Day gives them the perfect opportunity to make it known.  This wasn’t too in depth but what can you expect from just over 30 pages, however I enjoyed this story.

The cover art is cute however the donut doesn’t do Callum’s desserts justice.

Sales Links: Painted Hearts Publishing | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 33 pages

Published: February 5, 2016 by Painted Hearts Publishing

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Release Day Review: The Real Thing by BG Thomas


Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5


the-real-thingBryan Mills has fantasized about cowboys all his life. Real cowboys, that is. He even dresses in what his roommate calls “cowboy drag” when he visits his favorite bar, in the hope of attracting the attentions of a genuine cowboy. But all he usually finds are posers and guys his own age.


Then one night, to his surprise, Curtis Hansen buys him a beer, and Bryan has no doubt this is the real thing. Curtis is a rugged, gorgeous man who is every bit a cowboy. He even owns his own ranch. What follows is about the most amazing night of Bryan’s young life.


But can they move beyond a night of incredible sex when Bryan admits to Curtis that the only horse he’s ever ridden was a birthday party pony? And that he’s nothing but a poser himself? Maybe, just maybe, Curtis can find the real cowboy inside Bryan, and they can ride off into the sunset together!


This was a cute story.  Bryan made some mistakes when he first knew he was gay and since then hasn’t been able to really have a relationship or be with the kind of man he wants, a real cowboy.  He can’t believe when Curtis approaches him at the bar and spends the night with him.


Seeing everything through Bryan’s eyes we are able to see how truly innocent he is to the world of dating.  Curtis has been hurt in the past and seems willing to open his heart to open his heart to Bryan.  Both of the characters are adorable and are wonderful together.


Cover art by LC Chase is a great picture of the real thing.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe


Book Details:

ebook, 52 pages

Published: 2nd edition, March 1, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635333305

Edition Language: English

A MelanieM Review: Frozen Heart (Love Lessons #1.5) by Heidi Cullinan


Rating:: 4.5 stars out of 5

Frozen HeartProposals don’t come with instructions.

Walter Lucas knows his boyfriend has been looking forward to the newest Walt Disney movie, Frozen, but he isn’t prepared for the reality that is the front row seat of Kelly Davidson’s cartoon obsession. However, there’s more going on in November than just the movie—something is brewing which Walter has been waiting quite some time to do. When Walter set up his elaborate Thanksgiving marriage proposal, it seemed like such a good idea, but as the holiday, the movie premiere and the question Walter never dreamt he’d be asking anyone converge…let’s just say even Alan Menken couldn’t sing and dance his way out of Walter’s tangle.

Warning: This short contains spoilers for Disney’s Frozen, obsessive pre-movie panic, and suggestions of cartoon role-play.

I realized earlier when reviewing Short Stay (Baz and Elijah) I had missed this short story in the Love Lessons series.  I quickly went back to get it and see what couple I had missed and what part of their lives I had not gotten a glimpse into.

Well, Frozen Heart takes us into Walter and Kelly’s proposal and Kelly’s introduction to the Walt Disney’s movie Frozen (cue everyone singing “Let It Go”).  Its Walter’s pre-proposal jitters,  its Kelly’s pre Frozen release high anticipation, Thanksgiving, relatives…so much rolled into a small frame and it works so beautifully.

This is a short story but its everything you would hope it would be considering those elements.  Its sweet, its romantic, its sexy.  And if you love Walter and Kelly from Love Lessons, its absolutely wonderful in the way it makes Walter look at Kelly and fall even more deeply in love with him than ever before.  Sigh.  All to the tunes from Frozen.

I highly recommend this short story, along with the rest of the series.  Pick them up and get started with your introduction to this wonderful group of memorable characters today.

Book cover is perfect, taking frozen lessons.

Sales:  This is a free story and can be  found here at Heidi Cullinan’s Website

Book Details:

Free Online Read, 19 pages
Published December 24th 2013
Original TitleFrozen Heart
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesLove Lessons #1.5

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